Weekend and Summer Camping Journey Retreat Dates 2017:
No retreats scheduled for this summer.
New Year 2018
December 31 - Januay 1
6 p.m. - ????
21 Chicory Lane
Join us as we bring in each New Year in a sacred and celebratory manner with a fire ceremony and prayers for our families and humanity. We ask that each guest bring a dish to share for the celebration.
Overnight accommodations available.
Contact Karen at if you are interested in doing something new and inspiring to bring in the New Year.
Karen and Kevin Schuman are practitioners of shamanic techniques, working in traditional Toltec and Peruvian methods. Similar techniques are found globally. Using clear channeling and journeying, shamanic sessions with Karen and Kevin bring the beautiful energies of the Earth, spirit guides, and animal wisdom to their clients to gift them with these natural energies that are at our disposal.
Shamanic healing addresses the above by tracking the emotional wounds to ferret out what the affinity is that would allow such circumstances to happen. We all have a “luminous energy field” (LEF) that envelops our outer body – our “space.” Subconscious emotional thinking caused by painful childhood and adult incidents, for example, cause weak and wounded spots in a person’s luminous field that can attract similar circumstances. A shamanic clearing session, the “Illumination Process,” as taught by don Jose Luis Herrara can heal such wounds. In addition, there can be “crystallized energy” objects that have been put into your LEF by others.....”a thorn in your side," "a knife in your back," etc. There may also be energetic cords with another that are energy drains. These crystallized energies can be removed, and un-life-affirming cords can be cut.
Shaman healing works with energies that are heavy and light. All heavy matter belongs to and eventually goes back to the Earth, which is the heaviest energy that exists in our cosmology. We humans are, on a quantum level, designed to be beings of light. Shamanic healings are meant to remove heavy energies that accumulate in our live and LEFs. Fear-based stories, for example, are heavy baggage that collect in energy centers and become energy drains, leaving us physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. A shamanic session extracts this heaviness from the energy centers and restores them by bringing the essence of light to spin and balance them.
How much heavy energy can we hold before we see the light?
Ballast & Buoyancy, Mixed Media Art by Karen Schuman
The Weeklong Camping Retreat is held at a gorgeous 75-acre property in the bluffs of Wisconsin, 17120 Campfire Drive, Ferryville, WI 54628. Guests tent camp in the beautiful Copper Creek Valley. The teachings will include a more in-depth visit to the Four Directions of The Medicine Wheel. Guests will practice shamanic journeying, and energize stones to be purposefully used for healing and empowerment, fire ceremonies, despachos, hiking, cooking outdoors, “re-wilding” of the self by sourcing inspiration from nature. Afternoons are free time to devote to your creative art process. Paint, sketch, photograph, meditate! Visit the charming apple orchards shops and quaint towns nearby; visit the Mississippi River; hike and lose yourself on the vast property. Accommodations are flat grounds for guests' tents, lovely drinkable water from an artesian well, and electricity. Guests bring all of their camping supplies (tents, air mattresses, sleeping bags, etc.,) and also bring their own food (there is a nearby grocery store to replenish during the week). Guests may cook separately from the group or join their camping fare together to create group meals. A small cabin, which will be used as the common kitchen, can be used for shelter for whatever is necessary. Although this is a bit of a rugged adventure, all areas of shamanic work are accessible by our jeep to make this journey accessible to everyone. (Retreat fee: $100 per person)
Group Journeying at Third Friday Gallery
On the 4th Wednesday of each month, a shamanic journeying session with a specific intent will be held at 6:30 p.m. at 43 Harrison Street in Oak Park, IL. It is believed that the Inca civilization became so highly evolved because of the wisdom people gathered together to journey for the purpose of problem-solving, creativity, and education from Spirit and from plant and animal energies. Learn to practice sourcing from your own connection to Life, your soul, and your creativity to bring joy and empowerment into your daily life. Train yourself to listen to your own intuition. Intuit answers from stones. Imagine, allow, and dream your grandest dreams. Share your visions with like-minded people that support you. This is not only practical….it is very fun, serious fun.
$5 donation for water/refreshments
Please contact for date and of your intention to participate in case a session is cancelled for any reason.
March 25th - Class Intention: Recollection & Forgiveness/Working in the South
April 28th - Class Intention: Healing Family Lineage/Working in the West
Kirtan Music Events
Kirtans are spiritual music events to move heavy energies thru singing and dancing and connecting with Spirit and people. Scheduled events are:
THUNDERHAWK KIRTAN: February 27th - 7-10 p.m., with Dennis Hawk at The House of Deer & Dragons,
21 Chicory Lane, Riverwoods.
Artist of Spirit Retreats
Karen and Kevin offer two types of retreats over the year with an intentional focus on creating art. Three are weekend retreats at the Schuman’s home in Riverwoods, IL and one is a week-long camping trip in the bluffs of southwest Wisconsin. During these retreats, guests will practice shamanic processes to remove mental, physical, and emotional blocks that sabotage creativity in art or any other creative form, including creating your own landscape of Life. Kevin and Karen have learned and practiced these techniques since 2007 with various teachers in Peru, Mexico, Morocco, and California. Through them, they make accessible to you these teachings without extensive travel and with affordability. Please contact us to register and/or to discuss these retreats more specifically.
Weekend Retreats entail working with a small group for one day or for a full weekend. For the New Year’s Eve retreat, guests arrive New Year’s Eve, stay one night, and depart the evening of New Year’s Day. Guests stay in the Schuman’s House of Deer & Dragons, named after the strong presence of spirit of these beings. The teachings will include an introduction/revisit to walking The Medicine Wheel, creating power stones in mandalas, fire ceremonies, and making a despacho (a paper bundle containing objects of gratitude and prayers, offered to the Fire in a ceremony). You can also spend free time using the house and gardens as inspiration for sketching, painting, photographing, journaling, etc. Please bring your own art supplies. Sleeping accommodations are dorm-style with some beds available (provided on a most-needed basis); guests must bring their own bedroll. Healthy meals are included.
2015 Weeklong Camping Retreat Date: July 19-25
Sunday - Meet at Schuman house at 9 a.m. to caravan or arrive by late afternoon at the property.
Saturday - Breakfast and break camp during the morning and afternoon. Departure by 4 p.m.
Illumination Process Sessions
1 1/2 hour appointment - $60;
1st appointment $30
Includes any of the below procedures
Cord Cutting, Soul Retrieval, Power Animal Retrieval
House Clearing Visits-$50
Reiki Sessions - $50
"The Teotihuacan Mandala" Class/Session - $75
A three hour class that teaches a beautiful and life-affirming process of problem solving and resolution. This teaching gives you a powerful tool to use to release addictive emotions; to "source" or tap into energy from the earth and the three energies represented at the pyramids of Teotihuacan, and to begin choreographing your future. The Serpent, the Jaguar, and the Eagle, in this teaching philosophy, are the three energies that must be addressed to come into right relationship, anyi, with self and others. A beautiful mandala is created from dreamwork visioning. The process can be easily accomplished at home and become a sacred part of your life.
Treat yourself to an
Obsidian Stone or Crystal Healing Treatment
Black Obsidian Stone is a powerful cleanser of psychic smog created within your aura. This black stone releases disharmony that has built up in your luminous field and your organs such as resentment, fear, and anger. Relax as the stone is moved over your body to remove these energies. Please wear lightweight clothing.
Double-Terminated Crystal Treatment
$30 for first session
For balancing the endocrine, muskuloskeletal, and neurological systems.
or email for appointment